iCount growing fast

iCount is about to hit 4,300 registered users. Our soft launch has been more successful than we thought it would be. With our new visibility, we are now talking with several individuals and companies about how we can enhance the service and empower more Americans to be involved in the political process.

If the Dean campaign started with just 432 email addresses, and by reaching out to them consistently and involving them in creating what Joe Trippi calls the first “open source campaign” in American history–what will we be able to achieve with 4,300 email addresses, and a mission to revitalize participatory democracy in this country?

One of our slogans: “we seek not for power, but to pull it down” represents what we are trying to do. Bring power back to the people. Too much power is concentrated in Washington, DC, and in big media and in big business and it leads to corruption. It’s time for a change. Please help us spread the word about iCount.com.

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Open Source CRM Application Company Gets Funding

Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson (DFJ), my favorite VC firm, has just invested $2 million in SugarCRM Inc., an open source developer of CRM software. The company was formed earlier this year by three experienced Silicon Valley execs. Using open source development, they are launching their first commercial CRM application in record time.

“In less than two months SugarCRM has had over 6,500 downloads of its software and over 100,000 visitors to its open source project and sugarcrm.com websites.”

Momentum is building for open source. It’s a super efficient model. As more code becomes available for free, companies can focus on unique value add, rather than re-inventing software that has already been written ten thousand times. In the end, businesses and consumers benefit the most from open source.

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MP3 Player Stats; New Rio

Rio is second to apple in retail sales of MP3 players:

“In May, Rio ranked second to Apple in the MP3 player market, holding a 14.6 percent share compared to Apple’s 39.2 percent, according to the latest figures available from The NPD Group, which tracks sales at retail stores.”

Rio challenges the mini-iPod with the new Rio Carbon:

“The Rio Carbon, shaped like a slim wedge and weighing 3.2 ounces, uses Seagate Technology’s new 1-inch, 5-gigabyte hard drive, and touts up to 20 hours of playback time on a rechargeable battery. It will cost $249 and be available in late August, said Dan Torres, Rio’s vice president of product marketing.”

I don’t think these NPD Group stats cover direct sales, such as the Dell DJ.

Last year, IDC said, “worldwide portable MP3 player unit shipments will grow from 11.62 million units in 2002 to 36.64 million units in 2007.”

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